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WinRT XAML Controls 2013.1 Build 122 Released

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WinRT XAML Controls 2013.1 build 122 have been released and are now available for download.

This maintenance release adds the Charts grouped axis features described in a previous post, that are currently available in the WPF and Silverlight versions.

Chart

This screenshot shows how some fruit data has been grouped by color and its results rendered to a bar chart.

See the announcement post for the detailed list of enhancements and updates.

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Code Writer v1.9 Released

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We just published v1.9 of Code Writer, our free text/code editor app, to the Windows Store.  Here's what's new…

End Tag Auto-Complete

Users have been asking for HTML end tag auto-complete for a while now.  Previous versions of Code Writer already had it for XML and XAML.  In this version, we've also added the feature to the HTML, PHP, ASP.NET and ASP file types!  Let's see it in action…

EndTag1

In the screenshot above, I've started typing a div tag on line 42.  Next I'll type a > character:

EndTag2

The end tag is automatically inserted and the caret remains where it should be.

Indentation Guides

Indentation guides are subtle vertical lines that render at each tab stop on lines prior to the first non-whitespace character.  They help visually align the indentation of visible code blocks.  You can see the indentation guide lines in the screenshots above.

Whitespace-only lines are intelligent and render indentation guides based on the tab stop level of surrounding text.

Indentation guides are disabled by default but can be enabled in the Editor Settings.

Miscellaneous

We also fixed a couple bugs found in the new delimiter auto-complete and word wrap features.

Summary

This new version comes right on the heels of v1.8, which added advanced JavaScript editing, word wrap, and delimiter auto-completion.  We're happy to deliver more commonly-requested features.

Go to the Windows Store to download Code Writer, and help us by tweeting about the app!

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Icons Essentials v3.0 - Now with Over 80,000 Images

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We’re very happy to announce that v3.0 of our Actipro Icons Essentials product launched today, adding nearly 50,000 new images to the icon bundle!

This new version features a number of new icon designs, but more importantly, the icons now come in five size variations (64x64, 48x48, 32x32, 24x24, and 16x16) instead of just two.  They also all ship in normal, hot, and disabled states, and in PNG and Icon formats. 

Here's an example of the variations for a "table insert row above" icon:

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If you have a need for high-quality icons to be used in a web site or application, please have a look at our product.  All our icons are crisp and clear in smaller sizes like 32x32 and 16x16, unlike many competitors who design their icons at larger sizes and never clean up anti-alias artifacts that result when they are scaled down to smaller sizes.

Download a free sampler of our icons to check them out!

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Upgrading to v3.0

If you are an existing Actipro Icons Essentials customer, you can upgrade to v3.0 with nearly 50,000 new images for just $149 per developer.  Bulk discounts are also available.  Please email our sales department for assistance with upgrading.

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SyntaxEditor - Indentation Guides

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In today's post I'd like to announce another new feature coming to the 2013.2 version of SyntaxEditor for WPF and Silverlight:  indentation guides.

What are Indentation Guides?

Indentation guides are subtle vertical lines that render at each tab stop on lines prior to the first non-whitespace character.  They help visually align the indentation of visible code blocks.

You can see the silver indentation guide lines in the tab stops within this screenshot:

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Whitespace-only lines are intelligent and render indentation guides based on the tab stop level of surrounding text.

Summary

These new features will be available in the 2013.2 version of SyntaxEditor!

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Code Writer v1.8 Released

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We just published v1.8 of Code Writer, our free text/code editor app, to the Windows Store.  Here's what's new…

Advanced JavaScript Editing

Code Writer has had basic JavaScript editing functionality since its first version.

Last month we announced that a JavaScript language add-on was being added to SyntaxEditor's Web Languages Add-on in the 2013.2 version of SyntaxEditor.  This same functionality is now available in Code Writer.

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The advanced JavaScript editing features include:  code block selection, code outlining, delimiter auto-complete, smart indent, syntax error reporting, text formatting, and more.

Word Wrap

Word wrap has been desired by users for a while, and we've delivered it in this version.

WordWrap

Go to the Editor settings to see the new word wrap mode option.

Delimiter Auto-Completion

Delimiter auto-completion, described in this post, is where the user types a start delimiter and a related end delimiter is auto-inserted after the caret.  This is especially helpful when working on mobile tablets like a Surface since it means less overall typing is required to output the same code.

This new feature has been added to the the C, C++, C#, CSS, INI, Java, JavaScript, Lua, Perl, PHP, PowerShell, Python, RTF, Ruby, SQL, VB, and VBScript file types.

Miscellaneous

We've also added :

  • Search results scroll to the vertical middle if scrolling is needed.
  • Labels for documents opened from Box and Dropbox.

Summary

Many of these new features have been highly requested by users.

Go to the Windows Store to download Code Writer, and help us by tweeting about the app!

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InertiaScrollViewer Control

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Today I'd like to reveal a new control coming to our WPF and Silverlight Views products in the 2013.2 version:  InertiaScrollViewer.

Overview

The InertiaScrollViewer control is a drop-in replacement for the native WPF/Silverlight ScrollViewer control but allows you to scroll content using touch, similar to what you're used to on Windows 8 and mobile devices.

It reacts to dragging, flicking, mouse wheel, and normal mouse operation via the scrollbars. You can adjust properties like EasingFunction, VelocityTimeRatio, and VelocityDistanceRatio to fully control how inertia scrolling looks and feels.

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In the screenshot above, you can see how our main Sample Browser pages have been updated with InertiaScrollViewer, allowing full touch interaction and navigation within them.

With a deluge of new touch-enabled Windows PCs entering the market, you'll be able to update your WPF and Silverlight apps with InertiaScrollViewer and take full advantage of this new hardware.

Summary

InertiaScrollViewer will available in the 2013.2 version of Views for WPF and Silverlight.  We've also added a new related QuickStart to our Sample Browser application.

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